Pennsylvania Action Center

Governor Signs State Budget

On June 30, Governor Corbett signed the state budget and it includes important investments for child care and early learning! The FY 2013-2014 budget sustains increases to Pre-K Counts ($4.5 million) and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program ($1.9 million). Child Care Services funding increased by $14.3 million.  This includes $4.1 million savings from the consolidation of the CCIS that was moved from the Child Care Assistance line item to Child Care Services, $3 million from the Governor’s budget request and an additional $7.2 million to help ease the impact of federal Sequestration cuts!

Take action this session!

ECEC is partnering with the Pennsylvania Child Care Association to make sure Legislators hear about child care in Pennsylvania! As Legislators write bills, meet in Committees, and vote on issues, they will be making decisions about you, your early childhood program, and the families enrolled in your center.

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Access to Care for School-Age Children

Afterschool programs are essential to keep kids safe, engage children in enriching activities, and give peace of mind to working moms and dads during the out-of-school hours. Check out this Pennsylvania fact sheet from the Afterschool Alliance for more information.

News

Educators welcome increase in subsidy, say it’s not enough. Tribune Live. February 14, 2013.

Investment in early education key in fighting crime. York Dispatch. February 11, 2013.

Corbett Touts proposed investment in early childhood. The York Daily Record. February 8, 2013.

Resources

Telling Your Story To Legislators

OCDEL Fact Sheet: Early Learning Returns in Pennsylvania

FY 2011-12 Keystone STARS Awards

Providers Know STARS Makes A Difference

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children 2012 School Readiness Report

Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Businesses through Investments in Early Care and Education

Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education Investment – Stimulating Our Economy